Midway Art Association Gallery Welcoming Public Again

The Midway Art Association Gallery recently reopened to the public. It is housed in the historic Midway Town Hall. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

The Gallery displays artwork from seven local artists at a time. Their art is presented for two months, at which time another seven artists will be featured. Aside from being able to see the local art, visitors can also purchase artwork from the gallery.

One of the artists being shown this month is oil-painter Charlotte Wright. Wright intended to major in art in college, but she ended up, instead, taking a different path. She has now been concentrating again on her painting for the past ten years. “I think the main thing that I appreciate [about the MAA] is the opportunity to put my things in the gallery and to participate in [other] events.”

According to Wright, the association gives artists many occasions to improve their craft and show their work to the public. In addition to the gallery and art shows, the MAA also has an artist come and do a demonstration once a month. Wright added, “[The MAA] has good people and good opportunities. They take care of their artists.” In 2019, the organization had about 140 members.

The non-profit Midway Art Association (MAA) started in 2002 to give amateur and professional artists an occasion to develop and market their art. The association’s goals are “providing opportunities for association with other artists, learning from workshops, field trips and demonstrations, and … painting and selling fine art in planned events.”

Aside from the Midway Art Association gallery, the organization is also involved in the Wasatch Plein Air Paradise. That event has supported local art for the past 15 years. It was postponed this year due to Covid, but it is usually the largest painting event in Utah, with over $20,000 in cash and awards.

To join or learn more about the MAA, go to http://www.midwayartassociation.org/.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.